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OTD in 1830 a poem was published, supposedly the first words ever recorded (1878)

On this day in 1830, a poem (later a nursery rhyme) Mary Had a Little Lamb, by Sarah Hale was published. Later in the decade Lowell Mason set the poem to a melody adding repetition in the verses. The poem was the first thing recorded by Thomas Edison on his newly invented phonograph in 1878 and is often said to be the first words ever … Continue reading OTD in 1830 a poem was published, supposedly the first words ever recorded (1878)

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OTD d. H. Rider Haggard – 12 quotes & how to survive reading in the modern era

Today is the anniversary of the death of Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856 – 1925). Haggard was a Norfolk born English writer famous for his adventure stories, but he also wrote non fiction. His two most popular books were King Solomon’s Mines (1885) and She (1886). A Rider Haggard Society (UK) was formed in 1985. Trivial fact: Haggard named three of his daughters after heroines … Continue reading OTD d. H. Rider Haggard – 12 quotes & how to survive reading in the modern era

Audio interview: Prof. Nick Lewis on The Monk (1796)

The Monk is gothic horror fiction that was written in 10 weeks by the 19 year old Matthew Gregory Lewis in 1796. From the Back Cover: Hugely influential on writers as diverse as Victor Hugo and Jane Austen, this is an important keystone of modern popular fiction that lay readers and scholars alike will find intriguing. Listen here for an interview with Professor Nick Groom … Continue reading Audio interview: Prof. Nick Lewis on The Monk (1796)

Interview: Roger Luckhurst on Rider Haggard & King Solomon’s Mines

Listen here for an interview with Roger Luckhurst by Oxford Academic (OUP) on H. Rider Haggard and King Solomon’s Mines. Roger was editor of the Oxford World’s Classics edition of King Solomon’s Mines. About 16 minutes long – I found it enjoyable and enlightening. About the author: Roger Luckhurst has written widely on Victorian popular fiction, science fiction and Gothic literature. He has edited Stevenson’s Strange … Continue reading Interview: Roger Luckhurst on Rider Haggard & King Solomon’s Mines